Wednesday, August 7, 2013

10 Upcoming Movies in 2013 that I'm Looking Forward to Seeing

I recently took a look at some of the movies that are coming out later this year in order to give you readers some ideas as to what films you may want to see later in 2013. I've picked 10 movies out of the ones that I saw which I think look pretty good. So, here are 10 upcoming movies for 2013 that you may want to look into:

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (13 December 2013)

I had to put this one on the list first because it's the film that I'm most looking forward to this year. I've written about Desolation of Smaug before on this blog, as well as An Unexpected Journey. I loved the first film and I think that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have done a wonderful job with the Tolkien movies that have come out over the past few years. Jackson recently announced that he's finished shooting the last two Hobbit films (Desolation and There and Back Again) so he'll be doing all the post-production stuff from now on. I can't wait to see what he does with this movie.

2. Thor: The Dark World (8 November 2013)

Thor: The Dark World is the second movie in the Thor series and it takes place after the events of The Avengers movie. Like Desolation of Smaug, I've written about The Dark World on this site before in my article about good superhero movies. I'm a really big fan of comic book movies (even though I don't read comics) so it's only natural for me to put Thor 2 on this list. Anyone who liked the first movie should probably see this one.

3. 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (6 September 2013)

This film is a movie about the Occupy Wall Street movement which began in 2011 as a protest against unjust practices by both major banks on Wall Street and the government who bailed out those banks with taxpayer dollars. The movie was created by a collaboration of 99 activist filmmakers to explain the movement. I like watching these types of social justice movies because I do sympathize with many of the things said in them. There are many unfair things in today's world and I think that exposing them is a good first step in the process of changing society for the better.

Note: I'm not certain how widely distributed this film will be or when exactly it's being distributed because it seems like there are different release dates for different places. 

4. GMO OMG (13 September 2013)

GMO OMG is a film that discusses the nature of genetically modified food. I'm not certain how harmful GM food is or how much this movie will go into the science behind it, but it's a movie that I'm interested in watching because I've heard of people protesting against it and it would be interesting to see a documentary on it. This is another film which I believe is important for the public to watch in order to generate discussion on a really important issue: our health.

Note: My note for this film is the same as for The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.

5. Captain Phillips (11 October 2013)

Captain Phillips is a movie based on a true story starring Tom Hanks. The film is about the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009. The trailer for the film looks pretty cool and it seems like it will be a good thriller. It's also interesting to see (for me at least) movies that are based on real events because it helps people to understand what life can be like sometimes and, in this case, how dangerous it can be.

6. 47 Ronin (25 December 2013)

47 Ronin is something that I remember hearing about in a Japanese history class that I took once, but I had to look it up again to refresh my memory. The 47 ronin were an actual group of ronin (masterless bushi) who set out to avenge their former master. The movie stars Keanu Reeves who joins the 47 ronin on their quest to avenge their master. It promises to be a good film if the trailer is any indicator and it's certainly one that I'm going to see when it comes out. It may also be worth watching if you're not familiar with Japanese culture or Japanese stories and if you're interested in such things (although this depends on how much the film stays true to its cultural roots).

7. The Grandmaster (23 August 2013)

The Grandmaster is one of several movies about Ip Man, the martial artist who trained Bruce Lee. I watched the trailer for this film and it looked really cool. The cinematography that was used is something that you don't see in a lot of movies. I've seen some other Ip Man movies as well (those starring Donnie Yen) which were pretty neat. Overall, I'm a fan of martial arts movies and if you are too, this is a movie that you might want to check out.

8. The Fifth Estate (18 October 2013)

The Fifth Estate is a thriller about Wikileaks, the website responsible for receiving private government information from whistleblowers and releasing it to the public in order to expose wrongdoing. Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There has been a lot of talk about Wikileaks over the past few years and it should be interesting to see how the site, and those involved in running it, are portrayed.

9. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (11 October 2013)

This film centers around two kids from the Brooklyn projects who are left to fend for themselves after their parents are taken into custody by the authorities. This story appeals to me mainly because it showcases the dire conditions that certain people have to live in. I'm glad that the movie draws attention to this fact and hopefully it can help push people in the right direction of solving problems such as those in the movie.

10. Gravity (4 October 2013)

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two scientists in space who are left stranded there after their ship is destroyed. The trailer for this film doesn't give too much away, it simply sets up the problem and leaves viewers with a cliffhanger. It's definitely a good way to sell tickets, but hopefully the movie will be as exciting as the trailer leads you to believe. I'll definitely be looking to see it to find out.

Thus ends my list of some movies that I'm looking forward to. If you have any movies that you're thinking about seeing this year, feel free to leave a comment below.

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